Today I had the awesome pleasure of riding with the one and only Vlaze! Not only is he an incredible boarder, but he's a totally awesome guy
Where to begin... well, it was freaking cold out! This morning the temperature at base was a frigid 6F, but it warmed up to about 15 in the afternoon. Our first run was down a blue, at which I realized that I am a complete newbie and that Vlaze is a pro. This guy really is good; I wish I had taken some pics of him shredding, but I was too busy falling on my ass every 100 feet. Throughout the day we hit up all different blues, he taught me how to speed check with the toe side and do toe breaks (Thanks!).
After getting bored with the Belt Pkwy (the longest blue trail at Hunter Mountain), we decided to mix it up a bit and go up a different lift than the usual quad at Hunter - it had hardly any people on it. Our assumption was that it leads half-way up the mountain and into the middle of the Belt. Little did we know, that the only way down from that lift was through a black trail, conveniently titled "Drop Off". I leafed it (scared out of my mind), while Vlaze sped through it like a speeding bullet. After that run, the blues got a whole lot easier
The best part of the day came when I had to ride down "Hell Gate" (another black at Hunter); I can't blame Vlaze for this one, because I told him to pick any trail and have fun with it. It was icy, steep, and much too long. But fun! Something about the prospect of possibly dying really gets my blood boiling
Oh yes, one last thing: The Wipe Out Count.
Snowbun - probably about 50 or so, maybe more
Vlaze - 2 (one was my fault, and the other was on the last run of the day: an easy green. I would like to add, that was the only trail I did not fall on - not even once!)
Overall, the day was great. I had a wonderful time wiping out all over the mountain. Next time, I am not doing any greens (the fear factor of the blacks is wicked). What can I say, I am a masochist
Here's a link to the trail map: http://www.huntermtn.com/huntermtn/S...8-09_front.pdf